Chen Long  ‘ Red Life, Harmonious’    2005

Woodcut hand printed with acrylic modelling paster and minerals on paper

Image size: 150x100cm, Edition: 3

Long Chen created his own unique woodcut technique unlike any other in the history. This piece printed total 49 colours, carved for 6 months, hand printed for another 6 months. It results in very rich texture and dramatically visual effect.

‘Red life, Harmonious’ using virtual illusion to simply the object, to capture the elementary aspects of our life









Chen Long: Born 1971

MA  of the  Centre Academy of Arts in Beijing;

Reacher of the National Academy of Arts , Printmaking department;

Member of the Young artists association in the National Academy of Arts;

Member of the committee  for the Third National Printmaking Association;

First Class Artist of the Nation

Jury  of the 17th, 18th National Printmaking Exhibition

Jury of the First International Printmaking Biennial Exhibition in Guan Lan.

Major Awards:

2011  Excellent Award, Centre Academy of Arts Academy association “Academy Award”

2008  First Award, He Longjiang Province Literature and Art Award

2006  12th International Printmaking and Sketch Biennial Exhibition

2004  Bronze ,      10th National Fine Art Exhibition

Gold ,           10th He Longjiang Fine Art Exhibition

2003   Bronze,       ‘ JinCai Award’ National Fine Art Exhibition

Silver ,        Beijing International Printmaking Biennial Exhibition

2002   Silver,        16th National Printmaking Exhibition

Major Joined Exhibitions:

2015   ‘Abstract of China’ at National  Art Gallery, Beijing

‘Silk Road Life Drawing Exhibition’   National Academy of Arts, Beijing

2014    ‘3rd International Printmaking Exhibition’   Shanghai

‘12th National Fine Art Exhibition’     Guangzhou

2013     ‘ Asia Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition’ Korea

‘International Printmaking Exhibition’ at Water Cube Gallery, Beijing

2012      ‘Miami Internation Art Festival’ USA

‘International Printmaking Exhibition’  USA

‘International Printmaking Exhibition’  Macao

Work have been collected: 

National Art Gallery, Shenzhen Art Gallery, Shenzhen Guanshanyue Art Gallery, British Museum, British Library, Muban Foundation, Ashmolean Museum; shanghai Art Gallery .

My works embody both traditional and contemporary elements, which is the principle purpose of the work while technique is the indispensable mode to manifest the meanings. The process of searching for the right way to express is more important than the final product, but both follow the same goal, to bear contemporary relevance. The closer art is to life, the more will it reflect the conflicts in life and the stronger is the impulse to conquer the various conflicts in collective unconsciousness. Everything is right there. In the process of reproduction to representation, we must feel it as real in order to create the sense of satisfaction and trust, and thus must make it more real than reality. This sense of realness can be taken as the natural state deep in human beings or the thirst for restoration to that natural state. Truthfulness turns to an ideal state, or a sense of rebirth which is not the least repressed. With this in mind, I transform images from reality to fit a certain idea of representation, that is, to push their potential to extreme from the basis of realism. In the search for meaning, motifs may arise from nowhere, or seem far from reality. However, to represent with virtual and fantastic techniques makes it easier to portray certain real objects purely and meet the public aesthetic cognisance and taste. Out of my own need, I create artistic images and subtly empower them with cognitive significance in the process, which will transcend visual images, probe into the nature of reality, purify it and thus enter the free world of creativity. In fact, only when we go beyond individuality can our works be enjoyed by more people. Vision and fantasy come from the enlightened and cast individuality. They melt into the law of development in reality, which follows the rein of history, and in turn becomes history. It is on such kind of metamorphosed reality that the fate of my art and of me stands